Chapter 1. The Science of Physics. Table of Contents. Section 1 What Is Physics? Section 2 Measurements in Experiments Section 3 The Language of Physics. Section 1 What Is Physics?. Chapter 1. Objectives. Identify activities and fields that involve the major areas within physics.
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Chapter 1Hypotheses, continued
Galileo modeled the behavior of falling objects in order to develop a hypothesis about how objects fall.
If heavier objects fell faster than slower ones,would two bricks of different masses tied together fall slower(b)or faster(c)than the heavy brick alone(a)?Because of this contradiction, Galileo hypothesized instead that all objects fall at the same rate, as in(d).
Chapter 1Numbers as Measurements
Chapter 1Dimensions and Units
For example, when determining area by multiplying length and width, be sure the measurements are expressed in the same units.
Chapter 1Accuracy and Precision
Chapter 1Significant Figures
Chapter 1Mathematics and Physics
Chapter 1Graph from Dropped-Ball Experiment
One method for analyzing the data is to construct a graph of the distance the balls have fallen versus the elapsed time since they were released.
The shape of the graph provides information about the relationship between time and distance.
Chapter 1Physics Equations
Chapter 1Equation from Dropped-Ball Experiment
(change in position in meters) = 4.9 (time in seconds)2
Dy = 4.9(Dt)2